Pakistan appreciates Tajikistan’s initiative to import crude Oil from Kuwait and to process it in Pakistan: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources

Islamabad, December 23, 2014 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that Pakistan appreciates Tajikistan’s initiative to import crude Oil from Kuwait and to process it in Pakistan into refined products. He said this in a meeting with a visiting Tajik delegation led by H.E. Noor Muhammad Akmedov, Minister of State for Reserves/Director of Agency. The visiting Minister was accompanied by H.E. Sherali S. Jononov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan, H.E. Zubaidullo Zubaidov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Kuwait.

Tajikistan Minister for Reserves noted that Tajikistan was a landlocked country and said that his country was interested in importing crude oil from Kuwait to the Karachi port. The imported crude oil will be refined in Pakistani refineries and the refined products will be transported to Tajikistan. He sought help from Pakistan government to facilitate their plan.

Apart from import if crude oil and refining facility, Tajik Minister also wanted Pakistan’s help to maintain their reserves in case of any shortage or adversity. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan has adequate refinaring capacity and Tajikistan can benefit from this facility.

The Minister told the visiting delegation that in Pakistan, oil refineries are mostly in private sector, however, government of Pakistan can facilitate, the negotiation process with the refineries. The Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources ensured the Tajik delegation of full support and cooperation from the government of Pakistan and said that this initiative will play a pivital role to boost the economic ties between the two countries. Tajik Minister also invited the Minister Petroleum and Minister of State to visit Tajikistan in the near future.

The delegation comprised of H.E. Sherali S. Jononov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan, H.E. Zubaidullo Zubaidov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Kuwait, L. N. Yan, Deputy Director, State Company on “Oil Reserves” Marufjon Abdurahmonov- Consul, Tajikistan Embassy in Islamabad, Shohrat Olimov Chief Specialist, Agency and Sh. Z. Niyozov, Assistant Director, Agency. Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan, Secretary MP and NR and other officials of the Ministry were also present in the meeting.

For more information, contact:
Saqib Mumtaz
Public Relations Officer
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources
Office: 051-9210220
Mobile: 0333-4125625
Email: propnr@gmail.com

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